March 20, 2011

Bears to Host Bryant for Ocean State Cup

THE GAME: The Bears enter Sunday's game against Bryant following a 13-6 win over Holy Cross on Wednesday afternoon. Today's game, played between Rhode Island's only Division I women's lacrosse teams, will pit the in-state rivals against each other for the Ocean State Cup, which will be presented to the winning team by members of RILAX immediately following the game.

LAST TIME OUT: In Wednesday's win over Holy Cross, Brown's defense survived a barrage of shots from the Crusaders, who held a 1-0 lead, during the game's opening 15 minutes, allowing the offense to take over from there when a goal by junior Kaela McGilloway at 16:23 sparked a 7-0 Brown run. Senior Paris Waterman led the Bears with 4 points (3g, 1a), while junior Julia Keller (2g, 1a) added three points in the win. McGilloway and freshman Bre Hudgins also scored a pair of goals each, while senior Alexa Caldwell had a two-point game with a goal and an assist. Other goal scorers included freshman Danielle Mastro, and sophomores Lindsay Minges and Sidney Jacobs, who netted her first career goal. Freshman Grace Healy, who ranks 3rd in the nation in draw controls per game, continued her strength on the draw, leading Brown with three draw controls, while Caldwell added two. Caldwell and Jacobs both led Brown with three ground balls, while Caldwell had a team-high three caused turnovers. Junior Isabel Harvey recorded eight saves to earn the win, while senior Maggie Suprey stopped one shot in relief.

ALL-TIME VS. BRYANT: Brown is 2-0 all-time against the Bulldogs, having first met in 2009. The Bears won that meeting, played at Stevenson Field, 21-6, and then claimed last year's game, 19-4, to win the inagural Ocean State Cup.

LAST MEETING VS. BRYANT: In last year's meeting, Brown was led by Kaela McGilloway '12, who notched 7 points (3g, 4a), while Alexa Caldwell '11 tallied four points (3g, 1a). Nine other players scored at least one goal, including Nancy Baker '12 (3), Katelyn Caro '12 (2) and Kara Kelly '10 (2) all with multiple goals. Isabel Harvey '12 recorded five saves on seven shots in 36 minutes, while Brienne Donovan '13 made three saves on five shots during the final 24 minutes. For Bryant, Lauren Sheridan led the way with a goal and an assist, while three other players all scored one goal. Lauren Filippone made 14 saves.

SUNDAY'S OPPONENT: The Bulldogs enter Sunday's game following a trip to California which saw them split games at Fresno State (W, 9-7) and UC Davis (L, 19-12). Bryant has not played since the loss to UC Davis on March 11th and is currently in the midst of a four-game road trip with an away game on Tuesday at Holy Cross. Freshman Haley Bloom leads the team with 16 points (11g, 5a), while freshman Katherine Keckeisen is second on the team with 10 points, all on goals. Seven other players have posted at least one point so far this year. Freshman Lisa Vendel and sophomore Nicole Rettinger lead the team with eight ground balls, while Vendel has a team-high 10 draw controls and Rettinger has a team-high seven caused turnovers. Junior Lauren Filippone has played the majority of time in net and has posted a .380 save percentage with a 14.98 GAA. 

Pictured: Lindsay Minges '13. Photo by DSPics.net.